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Braves' Freddie Freeman (wrist) took batting practice Wednesday

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) took batting practice on Wednesday.

What It Means:

This was the first time Freeman has taken batting practice since fracturing his left wrist. So long as he does not feel any discomfort over the next two days, he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday and hopes to be activated from the disabled list on July 6. He was initially expected to be out until August or close to it, and is hoping to develop as a third baseman as well.

Prior to injuring his wrist, Freeman had tallied 14 homers, 25 RBI and a ridiculous .476 wOBA through 37 games. Upon his return, we expect him to finish the year with 10 more dingers and 31 RBI.

Kris Bryant exits Cubs' game with possible ankle injury

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals due to a possible right ankle injury.

What It Means:

Bryant caught a foul pop up in the fifth inning right at the third base bag, but then turned his right ankle after taking a step on the bag while walking back into the infield. He was noticeably limited while he subsequently trudged to the clubhouse with the trainer. The Cubs will update on the severity of the injury soon.

Our models projected Bryant to continue this season with another 348 plate appearances at a .280 batting average with 16 more home runs, 54 runs, 49 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. Depending on the severity of the injury (it seems minor), those projections may change.

Yankees worried Greg Bird (ankle, knee) may not return in 2017

The New York Yankees are concerned that first baseman Greg Bird (ankle, knee) may not be able to return this season, manager Joe Girardi said.

What It Means:

Bird continues to feel soreness in his foot and ankle, complicated by fouling a ball off his right knee during a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month. Chris Carter was recently outrighted to Triple-A, but might need to return soon; Tyler Austin is also dealing with hamstring bruising which could land him on the disabled list.

Our models project Bird to hit .225 with 3 home runs, 11 runs, and 11 RBI in 103 more plate appearances this season, if he can get healthy.

Chase Anderson exits Brewers' game with injury

Chase Anderson left Wednesday's game against the Reds due to a left oblique strain.

What It Means:

Fox Sports Wisconsin's Sophia Minnaert was first with the injury news. Anderson was lifted after striking out at the plate in the second inning, and Paolo Espino took over for him on the mound.

Anderson's 2.89 ERA belies a startling 4.32 xFIP. While he has a strong 23.4 percent strikeout rate and 7.4 percent walk rate, he's due for some home run regression; he's giving up just a 7.8 percent homer per fly ball rate and just a 38 percent ground ball rate.

Corey Seager (hamstring) remains out for Los Angeles on Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (hamstring) is still out of the starting lineup on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Seager is dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, and still has no timetable for re-entry to the starting lineup. A DL stint is looking more and more likely for the young star. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor have been manning the shortstop spot in his place.

Our models project Seager for a .304 batting average with 12 home runs, 49 runs, 44 RBI, and 4 stolen bases in 332 more plate appearances in 2017.

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig returns to lineup against Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is batting eighth on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Puig got a day off for maintenance on Tuesday, as he is still dealing with a sore knee and hamstring. He's back in the lineup, however, so the outfield will shuffle and Enrique Hernandez will head to the bench.

Our models project Puig for 10.0 FanDuel points at a $2,400 salary on Wednesday.

Enrique Hernandez out of Dodgers' Wednesday lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Hernandez is taking a seat, with Chris Taylor sliding from left field to shortstop in this one. Yasiel Puig's return from a rest day shuffles the outfield a bit, with Hernandez being the lineup casualty.

Our models project Hernandez to hit .228 with 6 home runs, 21 runs, and 20 RBI in 184 more plate appearances in 2017.

Justin Turner batting third for Dodgers on Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is batting third on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Turner returns after a day off on Tuesday, playing his typical hot corner spot and batting his typical third in the order. Due to playing at Angel Stadium, the Dodgers get the benefit of a designated hitter, so a little shuffling allows all of Logan Forsythe, Chase Utley, and Cody Bellinger to remain in the lineup.

Our models project Turner for 10.9 FanDuel points at a $3,600 salary on Wednesday.

Nationals' Koda Glover (back) dealing with rotator cuff inflammation

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (back) said that he is now dealing with severe rotator cuff inflammation.

What It Means:

Glover landed on the disabled list with lower back stiffness on June 11, but has yet to resume a throwing program. He believes that attempting to pitch through that back stiffness might have led to overcompensation with other muscles, causing the inflammation. There is no current timetable for his recovery. Do not be surprised if the Nationals make a move or two to shore up their bullpen before the trade deadline, especially with Matt Albers as the one reliable component holding them together.

Prior to this latest setback, our models projected Glover for just 15 more innings of work this season, with a 3.62 ERA, 6 saves, a 21.9 percent strikeout rate, and 9.4 percent walk rate. Even that amount and efficiency may be in danger.

Cardinals send Aledmys Diaz down to Triple-A Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned shortstop Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A Memphis.

What It Means:

Diaz has gone just 6-for-28 (.214) with a 20.0 strikeout percentage over the last 10 games. Paul DeJong and Alex Mejia project to see the bulk of the time at shortstop while Diaz works on some things in Triple-A. DeJong is starting on Wednesday versus the Arizona Diamondbacks while Mejia was just called up.

Diaz hasn't been terrible this season, producing a .260/.293/.396 slash with 7 taters, 20 RBI and 30 runs scored in 288 plate appearances (71 games).

Padres' Luis Torrens absent from Wednesday's lineup

San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.

What It Means:

Torrens started on Tuesday to spell typical backstop Austin Hedges. He'll return to the bench on Wednesday, however.

Playing in the cavernous Petco Park (0.839 park factor), it's not an exciting day for any Padres hitter. Atlanta Braves starter Bartolo Colon does make this slightly interesting, though; he has the fourth-lowest strikeout rate and the 11th-lowest ground-to-fly ball ratio among starters today. There will be plenty of pitches to hit, since he has the sixth-lowest walk rate among these players to boot.

Austin Hedges catching for Padres on Wednesday

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges is batting eighth on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Hedges got a day off on Tuesday with Luis Torrens starting behind the plate, but he'll return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Our models project Hedges for 8.2 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,400 on Wednesday.

Danny Espinosa back at second base Wednesday for Angels

Los Angeles Angels infielder Danny Espinosa has returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Espinosa is back in action after getting a breather on Tuesday. He's starting at second base and batting eighth in the Angels' lineup versus left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.

numberFire's models project Espinosa to score 8.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600 tonight versus the Dodgers. He's not the most attractive DFS option as the Angels have an implied total of only 4.08 runs while playing with a low park factor (0.946). The projected total for the matchup is also one of the lowest of the night at 8.5 runs.

Angels' Ben Revere is batting ninth Wednesday

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Ben Revere is hitting down in the order on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Revere is hitting down in the order after an 0-for-3 day from the sixth spot on Tuesday. He is in left field against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Our models project Revere for 6.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,400.

Eric Young Jr. is not starting Wednesday for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Eric Young Jr. is not in the club's lineup on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Young is on the bench against Dodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu. In the outfield for the Angels will be Ben Revere, Cameron Maybin, and Kole Calhoun.

numberFire's models project Young to record a .250 batting average with 15 RBI and 4 steals in 162 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Angels not starting Cliff Pennington on Wednesday night

Los Angeles Angels infielder Cliff Pennington is absent from Wednesday's starting lineup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Pennington will sit with the Dodgers sending left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound. Danny Espinosa is starting at second base and batting eighth for the Angels.

numberFire's models project Pennington for a .225 batting average in 116 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.

Jefry Marte hitting seventh as Angels host Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels first/third baseman Jefry Marte is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

With southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu on the hill for the Dodgers, Marte will assume duties at first base with Luis Valbuena taking a seat. Marte is hitting seventh tonight.

Our models project Marte for 7.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200.

Luis Valbuena out of lineup again as Angels face Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena is not starting on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

This will be the second time in three games that Valbuena is out of the starting lineup. Jefry Marte is starting on first and batting seventh for the Angels versus left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.

numberFire's models project Valbuena to record a .233 batting average over the remainder of the season while turning in 6 home runs and 23 RBI.

Cameron Maybin returns to Angels' Wednesday lineup

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin is back in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Eric Young Jr. got the start in center and leadoff on Tuesday to give Cameron a breather. However, the veteran is back in the lineup and leading off against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday.

Our models project Maybin for 10.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,200.

Albert Pujols is in the Angels' lineup Wednesday

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Pujols got the night off Tuesday in an extra innings loss against the Dodgers. However, he has returned on Wednesday to the DH spot, hitting third against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Our models project Pujols for 9.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,800.

Hanley Ramirez (knee) missing third straight game for Red Sox

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez (knee) is out of the lineup again on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

This is a third consecutive absence for Ramirez as he deals with a sore left knee. Boston is using Sam Travis as their designated hitter. He's batting seventh versus Twins left-hander Adalberto Mejia.

Ramirez has hit 10 home runs while posting a .241 batting average and .321 wOBA in 258 plate appearances this season.

Marlins' Martin Prado drawing interest from Yankees, Red Sox

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have reached out to the Miami Marlins about a potential trade for infielder Martin Prado, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

What It Means:

The Yankees are looking for an upgrade over Chase Headley, while Pablo Sandoval has disappointed in Boston. Prado has been limited to 21 games this season after missing the majority of May and June with a strained hamstring.

Prado is hitting .277/.299/.398 with two home runs and nine RBI in 87 plate appearances this season.

Rey Fuentes will start in centerfield as Diamondbacks play Cardinals

Arizona Diamondbacks centerfielder Rey Fuentes is in the lineup on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Fuentes collected a pinch hit and came around to score the winning run on Tuesday and he'll return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. He is in center and hitting seventh against Adam Wainwright.

Our models project Fuentes for 6.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,300.

Jeff Mathis is starting for Diamondbacks on Wednesday

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Chris Iannetta got the start on Tuesday and produced a two-run double in the sixth. However, Mathis has hit well lately, and is 4-for-11 over his last three starts. He will bat eighth against Adam Wainwright.

Our models project Mathis for 6.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200.

Daniel Descalso is leading off Wednesday in Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daniel Descalso is hitting in the leadoff spot on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Gregor Blanco is getting the night off again, so Descalso is leading off. He'll play in left field and go up against righty and former teammate Adam Wainwright.

Our models project Descalso for 10.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,300.

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